10.0 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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The Fourth National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Virus & Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2014-2017 recommends increasing the assessment of hepatitis B status, immunisation coverage for those at risk, and management of those with chronic hepatitis B.

Policies and guidelines should be developed locally, so that health care workers are correctly advised and health services generate culturally appropriate policies and programs (see section 3.1.2).

10.1 Identifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Clinical service providers should ask people whether they identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, and what languages they speak at home.

10.2 Testing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

Testing for HBV infection and offering appropriate management for all those affected by a positive diagnosis is essential for this priority population (see section 3.1.2). Introducing new screening policy in the Indigenous setting requires community consultation. Local health boards or community-controlled health organisations may make decisions about screening the population they serve for HBV infection based on knowledge of local prevalence, health service factors, regional vaccine funding and consultation with the community.

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Development of this site and the 2014 and 2017 revisions of the testing policies was supported by: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing